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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2020
For Information Contact:
Bob Crouch, (254) 213-5014

KILLEEN, Texas – Fort Hood and the National Mounted Warfare Foundation (NMWF) are excited to announce that the Secretary of the Army has approved the construction of Phase I of the $11M National Mounted Warrior Museum (NMWM) on Fort Hood.

The NMWM will be a state-of-the-art, 21st Century museum that will honor the legacy of the soldiers and units that have served on Fort Hood, as well as the history of mounted combat in the United States Army.

“The moment we have been working toward for nine years has finally arrived,” said Lieutenant General (Retired) Paul Funk, President and CEO of the NMWF. “Now that we have the Secretary of the Army’s approval for the project, we can move forward and build the museum that will be worthy of “The Great Place.”

Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, III Corps deputy commanding general, stated, “Fort Hood is exceptionally excited to soon host the National Mounted Warrior Museum. The home of America’s Armored Corps is the ideal place to display the history and innovation of Mounted and Armored Warfare. This museum will stand as a testimony to the strength, agility and power that armored warfare brings to the modern battlefield. Since the advent of horse cavalry, the history of warfare is the history of armored combat. I am incredibly thankful and appreciative of the veterans, National Mounted Warfare Foundation, Retired Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, and the volunteers who have come together to make this deserved distinction a part of our community.”

Bob Crouch, NMWF vice president, stated, “We are grateful for the partnership we have enjoyed with Fort Hood and the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History throughout this endeavor. We are also thankful for our donors and other supporters who have believed in this project and helped us get where we are today.”

Crouch noted that the U.S. Army is providing the land and the design, fabrication, and installation of exhibits for the Museum, and will own and operate the Museum once it opens.

“The National Mounted Warrior Museum will become a major destination for Central Texas. Projections show the Museum will attract an estimated 265,000 visitors annually, 199,000 of which will come from outside the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA),” Crouch said.

Fort Hood and NMWF officials state that a groundbreaking ceremony will likely take place in September, with construction to begin immediately afterward. Both the 1st Cavalry Museum and the 3rd Cavalry Regiment Museum will incorporate their collections into the National Mounted Warrior Museum. The staff from those museums will transfer, along with the artifacts, to the new museum, and the old museums will close, leaving the National Mounted Warrior Museum as the only museum on Fort Hood.

Officials project Phase I of the 58,000 square foot National Mounted Warrior Museum to open in 2022. Phase I of the Museum will feature 13,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and 7,000 square feet of temporary / opportunity exhibit space.

Future phases include an 11,000 square foot expansion of the permanent exhibit space, four large multifunctional classrooms/conference rooms, a gift shop, and offices for the NMWF and museum staff. The museum will be located outside of the main gate of Fort Hood between the Marvin Leath Visitor’s Center and the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment stables and will be fully accessible to the public.

Visit http://nmwfoundation.org for more information.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The 627th Hospital Center deployed over 50 medical professionals today to include emergency room and critical care nurses, respiratory specialists and support personnel to San Antonio.  The 627th Hospital Center will embed in civilian medical facilities to help doctors and nurses combat a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

In March 2020, the 627th Hospital Center stationed out of Fort Carson, Colorado, deployed to Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington, during the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We knew that there was a possibility for Department of Defense support to civil authorities; the scope and pace of the deployment are how we train,” said Colonel. Hope Williamson-Younce, the 627th Hospital Center’s Commander.  “The 627th Hospital Center played a vital part in ensuring the Center Link Field’s 250-patient bed Hospital in Seattle was operational and ready to receive patients in under two weeks.”

The complexity and unpredictability of COVID-19 provided unique challenges during the initial DOD response to the pandemic. In Seattle, the 627th Hospital Center never had the opportunity to treat patients. Less than a week after operations were to begin at Century Link Field, Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee announced that after careful consideration with local, state and federal leaders, the 627th Hospital Center would redeploy back to Fort Carson, Colorado, and remain prepared to deploy to areas of higher need.

“As the largest and longest serving medical brigade in the Army, we remain prepared and ready for any contingency,” said Colonel. Robert Howe, Commander of the 1st Medical Brigade.  “No-notice deployments like these are truly in our DNA and the Department of Defense picked the right unit to answer the emerging threat to the homeland. The 627th Hospital Center gained invaluable experience working with local, state and federal partners during their previous COVID-19 response in Washington, and I know they will excel in this new operational environment.  The lessons learned helped prepare the 627th for FEMA’s most recent request for DOD assistance. We were able to adjust our planning framework and push our medical personnel to San Antonio in under 72 hours.”

“Many of our nurses from around the world who deployed to Seattle are now on the ground in Texas,” Williamson-Younce said.  “They are taking those lessons learned, coupled with years of experience, bringing much-needed support and relief to our brave Texas medical professionals.  We stand ready to support the American people, where and when they need us.”

 

Maj. Brent Beadle, 1st Medical Brigade

Nota del editor: Una versión en español esta disponible después de la versión en inglés a continuación.

By Brandy Cruz
Fort Hood Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas – During an emotional message to the greater Fort Hood community, Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, deputy commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, confirmed the identification of remains found near Little River Academy, Texas, as Spc. Vanessa Guillen while addressing media members July 6 here.

“Sadly, I stand here to report that the search for Spc. Vanessa Guillen has resulted in the very outcome that I had prayed it would not have from the very beginning,” Efflandt said, expressing his condolences to her family and friends. “While searching for Vanessa, we had continued to investigate the circumstances that led to her disappearance. Each action was taken with a deliberate hope that we would find her alive and unharmed, and be able to return her to her family and friends.”

Fort Hood officials waited until positive identification was made through forensic testing before they concluded a two-month-long search for the missing 20-year-old Soldier and officially notified the next of kin, in accordance with Army Regulation 638-2.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with Spc. Vanessa Guillen’s family, her friends, and fellow Soldiers as we grieve together in this tragedy,” Col. Ralph Overland, commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and Guillen’s regimental commander, said. “Our loss of Vanessa Guillen has devastated us all and left a hole in our formation. Her fellow troopers in the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and units across Fort Hood remained concerned and committed to recovering Vanessa since the day she disappeared. Thousands have searched, dedicated to finding our Soldier because we never quit and we never leave a fallen comrade.”

On the morning of April 22, Guillen was working in her unit’s arms room and was last seen at approximately 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Regimental Engineer Squadron, 3rd Cav. Regt. After her unit could not find her that same day, they conducted a search and discovered her car keys, barracks room key and identification card in the arms room.

The young Soldier’s story gripped the nation, as her family spoke out, begging people to come forward with information about what happened to their daughter, sister, and friend, trying to make sense of what happened.

“We’re now confronted with the aftermath of one of the most heinous acts I can imagine,” Efflandt said. “There are no words that convey the sense of loss to her family, her friends and her fellow Soldiers and I feel during this tremendously difficult time. We all feel her loss, the loss of a vibrant young woman who bravely volunteered to serve her country. The loss of a talented Soldier, the loss of a loving family member, and the loss of a friend with a bright future ahead of her.”

The general said as the Army tries to make sense of what happened, they will honor Guillen’s memory by assisting the U.S. District Attorney – Western Division, as they take lead on the investigation and prosecution of those involved in her murder.

Efflandt said Fort Hood will continue to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment Guillen may have faced before her death. Although there were no sexual harassment reports made by Guillen herself, Efflandt requested an inspection of Fort Hood’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program from the U.S. Army Forces Command Inspector General. He vowed to identify and address any shortcomings noted by the inspection team.

“Please know that every person who raises their right hand and chooses to serve their family and country in uniform deserves to be safe, and to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said. “To the victims of sexual harassment and assault: We hear you, we believe you and I encourage you to come forward.”

The general said the Army will not stop its efforts to eradicate sexual harassment and sexual assault, until it no longer exists in formations. While it may take time, he said it will all come in due course.

“Right here, right now at this moment, it’s about Vanessa Guillen,” Efflandt said in conclusion. “It’s about what she stood for. It’s about what she meant to us.”

Before concluding his own remarks, Overland said the Brave Rifles of the 3rd Cav. Regt. will honor Guillen, her service to the country and will care for the Guillen family during this difficult time. He said nothing is more vital than a Soldier’s covenant to be there for the family of a fallen Soldier.

“When we learned of Vanessa’s death, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment was dedicated to ensuring the Guillen family was informed in the most dignified and respectful manner,” Overland added. “As we move forward, we will remain steadfast in our care, compassion, and assistance to the Guillen family with the utmost dignity and respect. We honor Spc. Vanessa Guillen and her service to our country. We will never forget her. We keep Vanessa Guillen in our hearts and the Guillen family in our thoughts and prayers.”


En Español

Restos identificados positivamente como la Especialista Vanessa Guillén

Por Brandy Cruz

La Oficina de Relaciones Públicas de Fort Hood

FORT HOOD, Texas – Durante un emotivo mensaje a la comunidad de Fort Hood, el General Scott Efflandt, subcomandante de III Corps y Fort Hood, confirmo la identificación de los restos encontrados en Little River Academy, Texas, como esos de la Especialista Vanessa Guillén, en un anuncio a los medios el 6 de Julio.

“Tristemente, estoy aquí para informar que la búsqueda de la Especialista Vanessa Guillén ha resultado en el final que he rezado no tener,” dijo Efflandt, expresando sus condolencias a familiares y amigos. “Mientras buscábamos a Vanessa, hemos continuado con la investigación de las circunstancias que llevaron a su desaparición. Cada acción se tomó con la deliberada esperanza de que la encontraríamos viva e ilesa y poder regresarla a su familia y amigos.”

Oficiales de Fort Hood esperaron hasta tener identificación positiva tras unos estudios forensitos antes de terminar la búsqueda de dos meses por la soldado perdida de 20 años, y antes de infórmale a su pariente más cercano, como lo dicta la Regla Militar 638-2.

“Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones permanecen con la familia de la Especialista Vanessa Guillén, sus amigos y compañeros mientras estamos de luto por esta tragedia,” Coronel Ralph Overland, comandante del 3er Regimiento de Caballería, y el comandante de regimiento de Guillen, dijo. “La pérdida de Vanessa Guillén nos ha devastado a todos y ha dejado un hueco en nuestra formación. Sus compañeros de tropa en el 3er Regimiento de Caballería y unidades en Fort Hood han estado enfocados y comprometidos a encontrar a Vanessa desde el día en que desapareció. Miles se han dedicado a buscarla cada día para encontrar a nuestra Soldado porque jamás renunciamos y nunca dejamos a un camarada caído.”

En la mañana del 22 de Abril, Guillén estaba trabajando en el cuarto de armas de su unidad, y fue vista por última vez aproximadamente a las 11:30 a.m. en el estacionamiento del Escuadrón Regimental de Ingeniaría, del 3er Regimiento de Caballería. Después que su unidad no pudo localizarla el mismo día, condujeron una búsqueda y encontraron las llaves de su carro, de su cuarto, y su tarjeta de identificación en el cuarto de armas de su unidad.

La historia de la joven Soldado ha conmovido a la nación, y su familia ha hablado, rogándole a gente que entregara información sobre lo ocurrido a su hija, hermana, y amiga, tratando de darle sentido a lo que paso.

“Ahora nos enfrentamos a lo ocurrido y al acto más atroz que me pueda imaginar,” dijo Efflandt.  “No hay palabras que puedan transmitir el sentimiento de pérdida que su familia, sus amigos, sus compañeros y yo sentimos durante este momento tremendamente difícil. Todos sentimos su pérdida, la pérdida de una joven brillante que valientemente eligió servir a su país; una soldado talentosa, un miembro de familia amorosa y una amiga con un futuro brillante por delante.”

El general dijo que mientras el Ejercito haya el sentido de lo que paso, honorara la memoria de Guillén asistiendo al Fiscal de Distrito de los Estados Unidos – División Oeste, mientras toman las riendas de la investigación y persecución de los que están involucrados en su asesinato.

Efflandt dijo que Fort Hood continuara la investigación sobre quejas de acoso sexual de la cual Guillén posiblemente fue víctima antes de su fallecimiento.  Aunque no hubo quejas echas por Guillén, Efflandt pidió una inspección a el Inspector General del Comando de las Fuerzas del Ejercito Estadounidense,
del programa para responder a quejas de acoso y abuso sexual. Juro identificar y tomar medidas sobre los hallazgos de equipo inspector.

“Sepan que cada persona que levanta su mano derecha y elige servir a su familia y país en uniforme, merece estar segura y ser tratada con dignidad y respeto,” dijo.  “A las víctimas de acoso y asalto sexual, los escuchamos y les creemos, y les pido que continúen reportando.”

El general dijo que el Ejercito no para sus esfuerzos para eliminar el acoso y asalto sexual hasta que ya no exista más en sus formaciones. Aunque talvez se tarde tiempo, dijo que llegara a su debido tiempo.

“Ahora mismo y aquí en este momento, se trata de Vanessa Guillen’,” Efflandt dijo al concluir. “Se trata de lo que ella representaba. “Se trata de lo que ella significaba para nosotros.”

Antes de terminar sus comentarios, Overland dijo que los Rifles Valientes del 3er Regimiento de Caballería honorara a Guillén, su servicio a el país y cuidara de la familia Guillén durante esto momento tan difícil. Dijo que nada es más importante que este pacto solemne que el Ejército mantiene con soldados y familias.

“Cuando nos enteramos de la muerte de Vanessa, el 3er Regimiento de Caballería se dedicó a garantizar que la Familia Guillén fuera informada de la manera más digna y respetuosa”, agrego Overland. “A medida que avanzamos, nos mantendremos firmes en el cuidado, compasión y asistencia a la Familia Guillén con la mayor dignidad y respeto. Honramos a la Especialista Vanessa Guillén y su servicio a nuestro país. Nunca la olvidaremos. Mantenemos a Vanessa Guillén en nuestros corazones y a la Familia Guillén en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones.”


III Corps Deputy Commander’s Statement

Friends and members of the media, thank you for making the trip to be here during this tough time. I appreciate your ongoing assistance.

Our heartfelt condolences go to the family and friends of Specialist Vanessa Guillen. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. I lack the words to make sense of such a tragic loss. Vanessa was part of our Army Family and her loss is felt throughout the Army and the world.

Sadly, I stand here to report that the search for SPC Vanessa Guillen has resulted in the very outcome I have prayed it would not. The Armed Forces Forensic Examiner has determined through DNA analysis that the remains found near the Leon River are in fact those of Vanessa.

The Guillen family was notified yesterday, so I can share this information with the public today. We are now confronted with the aftermath of a most heinous act. While searching for Vanessa, we have continued to investigate the circumstances that led to her disappearance. Each action was taken with the deliberate hope that we would find her alive and unharmed. There are no words that can convey the sense of loss that her Family, her friends, her fellow Soldiers and I feel during this tremendously difficult time. We all feel her loss…the loss of a vibrant young woman who bravely volunteered to serve her country; a talented Soldier, a loving Family member, and friend with a bright future ahead of her.

All of us here, as part of Vanessa’s Army family, know that our pain pales in comparison to that endured by the Guillen family. Please join us in remembering her family in prayer and comfort them in their time of grief.

When a person of Vanessa’s caliber and character is ripped away, there is no closure, but there is a tomorrow. Recognizing this, the Army will continue to move forward with the following tasks:

First, we will honor Vanessa and her memory as part of our Army. She will not be forgotten.

Second, we will assist the US District Attorney—Western Division, as they take the lead in the investigating and prosecuting those associated with Vanessa’s murder.

Third, we will complete the ongoing investigation into sexual harassment and take actions against the findings. Know that every person who raises their right hand and chooses to serve their family and country in uniform, deserves to be safe, and to be treated with dignity and respect. To the victims of sexual harassment and assault, we hear you and we believe you, and I encourage you to continue to come forward. The Army will not stop working until we’ve met the standard.

Fourth, I will continue to seek external assistance and review to ensure any shortcomings indicated during this troubling time are thoroughly identified and addressed as appropriate.

These larger actions will come in due course. Right now, this moment is about Vanessa Guillen. I will turn the podium over to COL Overland, Vanessa’s Regimental commander to capture the sentiments of her team and our near-term way ahead.


En Español

Amigos y miembros de los medios, gracias por venir con tan poco adelanto durante este momento tan difícil. Agradezco su asistencia continua.

Hoy estoy aquí para informar que la búsqueda de la Especialista Vanessa Guillén ha resultado en el final que he rezado no tener. Desde su desaparición, la hemos buscado mientras investigamos las circunstancias que llevaron a su desaparición. Cada acción se tomó con la deliberada esperanza de que la encontraríamos viva e ilesa. Lamentablemente, el 3 de julio de 2020, el médico forense de las Fuerzas Armadas determinó a través del análisis de ADN que los restos encontrados cerca del río León son en realidad los de Vanessa. Ahora nos enfrentamos al acto más atroz. No hay palabras que puedan transmitir el sentimiento de pérdida que su familia, sus amigos, sus compañeros y yo sentimos durante este momento tremendamente difícil. Todos sentimos su pérdida … la pérdida de una joven brillante que valientemente eligió servir a su país; una soldado talentosa, un miembro de familia amorosa y una amiga con un futuro brillante por delante.

Todos los miembros de su familia del Ejército saben que nuestro dolor es pálido en comparación con el de la familia Guillén. Únanse a nosotros para recordarlos en oración y tratar de consolarlos en su momento de dolor.

Cuando tienes una persona del calibre y el carácter de Vanessa arrancada de ti, no hay cierre, pero hay un mañana. Reconociendo esto, el Ejército continuará avanzando con las siguientes tareas:

Primero, honraremos a Vanessa y su memoria como parte de nuestro ejército.

Segundo, ayudaremos al Fiscal de Distrito de los Estados Unidos – División Oeste, a medida que dirigen la investigación y el enjuiciamiento de las personas relacionadas con el asesinato de Vanessa.

Tercero, terminaremos la investigación en curso sobre el acoso sexual y tomaremos medidas contra los hallazgos. Sepan que cada persona que levanta su mano derecha y elige servir a su familia y país en uniforme, merece estar segura y ser tratada con dignidad y respeto. El Ejército no dejará de trabajar hasta que hayamos logrado nuestro objetivo.

Cuarto, continuaré buscando asistencia externa y revisión para asegurar que cualquier deficiencia indicada durante este momento problemático se identifique a fondo y sea corregido según corresponda.

Estas acciones más grandes vendrán a su debido tiempo. En este momento, este momento es sobre Vanessa Guillén. Le entregaré el podio a el Coronel Overland, el comandante de Vanessa para capturar los sentimientos de su equipo y nuestro futuro a corto plazo.


3rd Cavalry Regiment Commander’s remarks

I am here today with the heaviest of hearts and sadness. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Specialist Vanessa Guillen’s Family, her friends, and fellow Soldiers as we grieve together in this tragedy.

Our loss of Vanessa Guillen has devastated us all and left a hole in our formation. Her fellow Troopers in the 3d Cavalry Regiment and units across Fort Hood remained concerned and committed to recovering Vanessa since the day she disappeared. Thousands have searched each day dedicated to finding our Soldier because we never quit, and we never leave a fallen comrade.

I humbly would like to take a moment to honor our fallen Soldier, Specialist Vanessa Guillen. Vanessa Guillen was a warrior, highly trained and proficient in her duties. She embodied all of the qualities that the American People expect and rely on our Soldiers to be to defend our country. She was strong, courageous, and caring. Vanessa Guillen was a dedicated American Soldier.

Specialist Vanessa Guillen was an outstanding Soldier and highly valued member of the 3d Cavalry Regiment. I spoke with many of her fellow Soldiers from units across the Regiment who served with her, and who have helped search since her disappearance. I could see the intense sadness in their faces and hear it in their voices. They miss their friend, and spoke of her qualities as a person and a professional soldier. She was very caring, dedicated to her profession, and an expert in her craft. She always went above and beyond to accomplish the mission and ensure that her teammates were successful.

Our duty now is to honor Specialist Vanessa Guillen, her service to our country, and care for the Guillen Family throughout these difficult times. There is no greater way for a Soldier to render that honor than by assisting Family members in the aftermath of their loss. Nothing is more vital than this solemn covenant the Army holds with Soldiers and Families. When we learned of Vanessa’s death, the 3d Cavalry Regiment was dedicated to ensuring the Guillen Family was informed in the most dignified and respectful manner. As we move forward, we will remain steadfast in our care, compassion, and assistance to the Guillen Family with the utmost dignity and respect.

We honor Specialist Vanessa Guillen and her service to our country. We will never forget her. We keep Vanessa Guillen in our hearts and the Guillen Family in our thoughts and prayers.


En Español

Hoy estoy aquí con tristeza y el corazón pesado. Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones permanecen con la familia de la Especialista Vanessa Guillén, sus amigos y compañeros mientras estamos de luto por esta tragedia.

La pérdida de Vanessa Guillén nos ha devastado a todos y ha dejado un hueco en nuestra formación. Sus compañeros de tropa en el 3er Regimiento de Caballería y unidades en Fort Hood han estado enfocados y comprometidos a encontrar a Vanessa desde el día en que desapareció. Miles se han dedicado a buscarla cada día para encontrar a nuestra Soldado porque jamás renunciamos y nunca dejamos a un camarada caído.

Humildemente quiero tomar un momento para honrar a nuestra Soldado caída, la Especialista Vanessa Guillén. Vanessa Guillén era una guerrera, sumamente entrenada y capaz en sus deberes. Manifestaba todas las cualidades que el pueblo estadounidense espera y por lo cual confía en nuestros soldados para defender nuestro país. Ella era fuerte, valiente y cariñosa. Vanessa Guillén fue una soldado estadounidense dedicada.

La especialista Vanessa Guillén fue una soldado destacada y un miembro valorado del 3er Regimiento de Caballería. Hablé con muchos de sus compañeros entre las unidades de todo el regimiento que sirvieron con ella y que ayudaron a buscarla desde su desaparición. Pude ver una tristeza intensa en sus rostros y escucharla en sus voces. Extrañan a su amiga y me hablaron de sus cualidades como persona y soldado profesional. Era muy cariñosa, dedicada a su profesión y experta en su oficio. Ella siempre hizo todo lo posible para cumplir la misión y asegurarse de que sus compañeros fueran exitosos.

Nuestro deber ahora es honrar a la Especialista Vanessa Guillén, su servicio a nuestro país, y cuidar a la Familia Guillén durante estos tiempos difíciles. No hay mejor manera de rendir honor a un Soldado que asistiendo a los miembros de su familia después de su pérdida. Nada es más importante que este pacto solemne que el Ejército mantiene con soldados y familias. Cuando nos enteramos de la muerte de Vanessa, el 3er Regimiento de Caballería se dedicó a garantizar que la Familia Guillén fuera informada de la manera más digna y respetuosa. A medida que avanzamos, nos mantendremos firmes en el cuidado, compasión y asistencia a la Familia Guillén con la mayor dignidad y respeto.

Honramos a la Especialista Vanessa Guillén y su servicio a nuestro país. Nunca la olvidaremos.

Mantenemos a Vanessa Guillén en nuestros corazones y a la Familia Guillén en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones.

United States Army
Criminal Investigation Command
Media contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
571-305-4041

QUANTICO, Virginia (July 6, 2020) – Sadly, the human remains discovered in the vicinity of the Leon River in Bell County, Texas on June 30 have been positively identified as those of Spc. Vanessa Guillen who disappeared from Fort Hood, Texas on April 22.

Using DNA samples, the remains were identified by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

“I know I can speak for everyone involved in this tragic situation that we are truly heartbroken for the family, friends and fellow Soldiers of Spc. Guillen,” said Brigadier General Duane Miller, the acting commanding general of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. “There are no words that can express the sorrow and loss that the family has endured, but we hope in some very small way, the collective efforts of everyone involved in finding Vanessa and working to bring those responsible to justice will help bring some degree of closure to the family who has had to endure this painful and senseless loss.”

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command would like to thank the efforts of all the law enforcement professionals and volunteers who worked tirelessly during the course of this investigation. They would also like to thank the media for their assistance and the public while the search was being conducted.

Due to the pending legal proceedings facing the civilian suspect implicated in this open investigation, no further information will be released by CID. Further questions concerning future prosecution or the investigation need to be directed to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas.

Anyone with additional information can contact Army CID Special Agents at 254-287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at 254-288-1170. They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html. People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

For more information about CID or to report a crime, visit www.cid.army.mil.

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Fort Hood Senior Commander, Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, III Corps deputy commanding general, will make a statement to the press at 6 p.m. (CST) July 6 on the current status of the Spc. Vanessa Guillen investigation at the III Corps Headquarters, here.

At the event, Col. Ralph Overland, 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander also will make a statement.

Media interested in attending should register here by 3 p.m. July 6. On July 6, media should meet in the southside parking lot at 5 p.m. of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center for escort to the III Corps headquarters.

By Brandy Cruz
Fort Hood Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood’s Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt said at a press conference here today that while the last 72 hours have produced significant information, including the discovery of remains near the Leon River in Bell County, positive identification has not been made in the active investigation of the disappearance of Spc. Vanessa Guillen.
“When we have a DNA analysis, we will share it,” the general said.

Guillen, classified as missing, met time-in-service and time-in-grade requirements to be promoted to the rank of specialist. That promotion was made official Wednesday.

On the morning of April 22, Guillen was working in her unit’s arms room and was last seen at approximately 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Regimental Engineer Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. After her unit could not find her that same day, they conducted a search and discovered her car keys, barracks room key and identification card in the unit arms room.

“On that day, her unit, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, initiated a search for Vanessa and since that day, has maintained communication with the family,” Efflandt said. “The day following, the 23rd of April, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, referred to as CID, initiated an investigation in conjunction with national, state and local law enforcement agencies.”

As Guillen’s disappearance remains an active investigation, CID officials could not reveal any details that could compromise the ongoing investigation and possible subsequent prosecution.

“Our investigation has identified two suspects in the connection with Spc. Guillen’s disappearance,” Special Agent Damon Phelps, senior special agent of Fort Hood CID, revealed. “We are aware that there have been statements made that there are others, but at this point, that is incorrect. We have identified two suspects.”

Suspects include an unidentified civilian female, who has been arrested in conjunction with the case, and Spc. Aaron David Robinson, a Fort Hood Soldier assigned to Company A, Regimental Engineer Squaron, 3rd Cav. Regt., who committed suicide early Wednesday morning.

“As law enforcement agents attempted to make contact with the suspect in Killeen, Texas, Spc. Robinson reportedly displayed a weapon and took his own life,” Phelps said during the press conference. “Robinson was an armorer who worked in the building adjacent to the building where Spc. Guillen worked and he was in no way in Spc. Guillen’s chain of command.”

Phelps said they are continuing to investigate any interactions between Guillen and the suspect, but said there were no sexual harassment reports made before Guillen’s disappearance.

Despite having no official complaint, 3rd Cav. Regt. has ordered a full investigation into sexual harassment allegations that have come forward since Guillen’s disappearance. Meanwhile, Efflandt revealed that in light of the allegations, he has requested an inspection of Fort Hood’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program from the U.S. Army Forces Command Inspector General.

“All sexual harassment allegations are being investigated in this case,” Efflandt said, “as they are in every other instance.”

Phelps revealed that since the investigation began, agents have conducted more than 300 interviews, more than 10,000 investigative hours and have been working very closely with numerous agencies. Outside agencies include the FBI, Killeen Police Department, Belton Police Department, Texas Rangers, U.S. Marshals and the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, among others.

He said the Texas Rangers are still processing the scene at the Leon River in Bell County, where human remains were discovered Tuesday. As the area is outside Fort Hood’s jurisdiction, the Rangers have taken lead on the site. Phelps said. CID will release information regarding the remains as soon as they can, following notification to the next of kin.

Phelps and Efflandt asked the media and public to not spread false rumors or allegations, which may hurt the ongoing investigation.
“Please understand that it’s a difficult time for the Guillen family and the Army family here at Fort Hood,” Efflandt said. “I ask that you join me in keeping the Guillen family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Persons with information regarding this case can contact Army CID at 254-287-2722 or the military police at 254-288-1170. Information can be submitted anonymously at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html. People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.


III Corps Deputy Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt’s opening statement:

Thank you for joining us today. Events in the last 72 hours produced significant information allowing us to better understand the disappearance of Specialist Vanessa Guillen. Today, we want to share as much as possible with you, the Fort Hood community. Please understand that this is a difficult time for the Guillen family and I ask that you join me in keeping the Guillen family in our thoughts and prayers.

Tragically, on April 22, Vanessa Guillen disappeared from her place of duty at Fort Hood, Texas. On that day, her unit, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, initiated a search for Vanessa, and has since maintained communication with her family.

The day following Vanessa’s disappearance, April 23, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) initiated their investigation in conjunction with national, state, and local law enforcement agencies – and also remained in contact with Vanessa’s family. Since the beginning, all involved in the search have worked tirelessly to find Vanessa.

In the last three days, the investigation led to the discovery of remains in Belton, Texas, the arrest of a person from the local community, and the suicide of a Soldier in Killeen who was pending apprehension.

The remains recently discovered have not yet been positively identified. When we have the DNA analysis we will share it. Absent this information, there is other evidence relevant to this case that helps shed light on Vanessa’s disappearance.

Joining me today in this update is Special Agent Damon Phelps, Senior Special Agent for the local CID detachment. Also assisting are members of the supporting agencies. The law enforcement team working this case has done a stellar job and has my sincere gratitude.

The focus of our brief today is Specialist Guillen’s disappearance.

The investigation is not over and our efforts are ongoing. The crime scenes of the abduction and the site of the remains are still active as the search for evidence continues. Similarly, interviews are ongoing in the criminal investigations.

The thorough investigation into sexual harassment will continue until complete and ready for command review.

As an aside, the criminal investigation has not found any connection between sexual harassment and Vanessa’s disappearance. All sexual harassment allegations are being investigated in this case, as we do with all allegations. Because sexual harassment is categorically averse to our Army values, at my request the FORSCOM Commander has directed the FORSCOM inspector general to:

(1) Examine the SHARP program implementation at Fort Hood;

(2) Assess whether the command climate is supportive of Soldiers reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault; and

(3) Identify any potentially systemic issues with the SHARP program at Fort Hood, as well as any resource constraints.

This independent review will provide transparency and ensure we implement and maintain the highest standards of the Army.

Going forward, this exemplary team of law enforcement, with all its technical and professional competence, will persist until all facts relative to criminal behavior and personal misconduct are uncovered. Concurrently, CID, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, and the casualty assistance office will continue to inform and assist the Guillen family. As these activities conclude we will be able to share more information.

At this time, Special Agent Phelps will provide an update on the criminal investigation.


U.S. Army CID statement from Special Agent Damon Phelps:

Good Afternoon, I am Special Agent Damon Phelps with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and I am one of the lead Special Agents investigating the disappearance of PFC Vanessa Guillen

First, allow me to say that this has been, and continues to be an extremely trying and painful time for the family and friends of PFC Guillen, and I think I can speak for all law enforcement here today that our hearts go out to the family and we are, and have been doing everything in our power to bring Vanessa home and those responsible for her disappearance to justice.

Joining me today are:

  • Robert Garmon, supervisory deputy marshal, U.S. Marshal Service
  • Chief Charles Kimble, Killeen Police Department
  • Ranger Travis Dendy, Texas Rangers
  • Capt. Christy Vales, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

We want to thank you for all of your dedication and law enforcement expertise that you have shared since day one when we opened our CID investigation on April 23.

I want to remind everyone in attendance today, that this is still an active and ongoing criminal investigation, so I will be limited in what I can confirm or release to you today.

As you all know, Spc. Vanessa Guillen went missing on April 22. Guillen’s unit reported her missing to U.S. Army CID on April 23 when a check of the barracks and unit area did not locate her.

She was last seen that morning in the area near the 3rd Cavalry Regiment engineer squadron arms room here on Fort Hood, Texas.

Her car keys, barracks room key, identification card were later found in her unit’s arms room.

During the course of this investigation, our law enforcement partners and CID agents have conducted an enormous amount of investigative activity.

Agents have conducted more than 300 interviews, more than 10,000 investigative hours, and have been working very closely with numerous agencies since Specialist Guillen first disappeared, to include: the FBI, Killeen Police Department, Belton Police Department, Texas Rangers, U.S. Marshals and the Texas Department of Public Safety and others.

Army CID issued press releases and reward announcements to the public with the media’s assistance on April 25, April 27 and June 15. We want to sincerely thank the public for their desire to help and the information they have provided and continue to provide throughout this investigation and we encourage anyone with additional information to do the right thing and come forward.

To date, our investigation has identified two suspects in the connection with Spc. Guillen’s disappearance. We are aware there have been statements made that there are others, but at this point, that is incorrect. We have identified two suspects.

It is very troubling and irresponsible that other Soldier’s names have been placed on social media sites and implicated in this investigation when there is absolutely no credible information or evidence that those individuals have anything at all to do with this investigation.

In fact, we have interviewed people in the course of our investigation, while looking for leads, who posted these false allegations and they have admitted to us that they had no evidence or information whatsoever to post those allegations and falsely accuse people.

One of the suspects is the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier, who is currently in custody in the Bell County Jail awaiting charges by civilian authorities. Because she is a civilian and in the custody of local authorities, Army CID will not be releasing any further information concerning her or her status at this time.

The second suspect is Spc. Aaron David Robinson, a 20 year old soldier who was assigned to Troop A, (Engineer Squadron), 3rd Calvary Regiment at Fort Hood. He entered the Army in October 2017 and was assigned as a combat engineer. His home of record is listed as Calumet City, Illinois.

As we included in our CID press release yesterday, special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, along with the U.S. Marshals, Killeen Police Department, and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force were attempting to locate the soldier after he fled Fort Hood late Tuesday. While law enforcement agencies attempted to make contact with the suspect in Killeen, Texas, Specialist Robinson reportedly displayed a weapon and took his own life.

There have also been wide-spread allegations that Specialist Robinson was the supervisor of Specialist Guillen. That is false. Robinson was an armorer who worked in a building adjacent to the building where Specialist Guillen worked and he was in no way in Specialist Guillen’s chain of command. We are still investigating their interactions, but at this time have no credible information or reports that Specialist Robinson sexually harassed Specialist Guillen.

If anyone does have credible information to corroborate those allegations, we strongly urge them to come forward and report it to us or to their chain of command.

Additionally, as you are also aware, the Texas Rangers, with assistance from Army CID and other agencies, are still processing the scene at the Leon River in Bell County, Texas, where human remains were discovered Tuesday.

That is still an active scene and part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Because that is not in our jurisdiction and a positive identification of the remains has not been made, the Texas Rangers are the lead agency at that site, and I would refer any questions about the scene to them.

I can tell you, our agents are working very closely with the Armed Forces Medical Examiner to expedite identification of the remains. We will release information on those remains as soon as we can and after notifications of next of kin have been made.

We also want to be very clear, we have no credible information or reports that Vanessa Guillen was sexually assaulted. We were are not aware of any official reports of sexual harassment from Specialist Guillen, or any other soldier on her behalf, when this important issue was first raised by the Guillen family.

We were aware early on in Specialist Guillen’s disappearance that the Guillen family had made statements to the media concerning sexual harassment allegations, but again, we had no further information at the time to investigate that claim.

During the course of our investigation into the disappearance of Specialist Guillen, CID agents uncovered a statement on May 7 that could be considered potential sexual harassment. After subsequent investigation, another allegation of verbal harrassment involving the same individual was discovered.

However, subsequent interviews have failed to corroborate this allegation, nevertheless, we are still investigating. Unfortunately, it did not produce any viable leads as to Specialist Guillen’s whereabouts. CID agents are working closely with the Fort Hood Investigating Officer assigned to look into sexual harassment allegations at her unit.

Specialist Robinson was not involved in these allegations.

Additionally, we have found no credible evidence that a “NCO” (Noncommissioned officer) walked in on Specialist Guillen in a locker room while she was showering. We welcome anyone with evidence or credible information to provide that to us immediately.

We fully understand you have a lot of questions today, but again, this is an ongoing and active criminal investigation and we are limited in what we can say. The U.S. Attorney has asked us to limit the information provided in order to protect the investigation and any potential prosecution.

There is still a lot of investigative work to be done and we ask for your patience.

As we included in our press release yesterday, there are obviously pieces of information and evidence that cannot be shared with the public during an active criminal investigation. Doing so can seriously jeopardize the charging and successful prosecution of individuals. When important investigative information is prematurely released, criminals can and will destroy evidence, conspire to change their stories, build false alibis, etc.

If anyone has any additional information pertinent to this ongoing investigation, we ask you to contact Army CID immediately. Thank you very much.


En Español

Líderes superiores de Fort Hood, CID, hablan sobre la investigación de Guillen’

By Brandy Cruz
La Oficina de Relaciones Públicas de Fort Hood

FORT HOOD, Texas – El Segundo en comando de Fort Hood, el General Scott Efflandt, dijo en una conferencia de prensa hoy que las últimas 72 horas han producido información significante, incluyendo el descubrimiento de restos humanos cerca del Rio Leon en el condado de Bell, identificación positiva no ha sido hecha en la investigación de la desaparición de la Especialista Vanessa Guillen’.
“Cuando tengamos el análisis de ADN, lo compartiremos,” digo el general.

Guillen’, clasificada como desaparecida, cumplió los requisitos de tiempo en el servicio y en rango para ser promovida al rango de Especialista. Esa promoción fue echa oficial el Miércoles.

En la mañana del 22 de Abril, Guillen’ estaba trabajando en el cuarto de armas de su unidad, fue vista por última vez aproximadamente a las 11:30 a.m. en el estacionamiento del Escuadrón Regimental de Ingeniaría, del 3er Regimiento de Caballería. Después que su unidad no pudo localizarla el mismo día, condujeron una búsqueda y encontraron las llaves de su carro, de su cuarto, y su tarjeta de identificación en el cuarto de armas de su unidad.

Ese día, su unidad, el 3er Regimiento de Caballería, inicio una búsqueda por Vanessa y desde ese día, han mantenido comunicación con la familia, dijo Effandt. “Al siguiente día, el 23 de Abril, la División de Investigación Criminal del militar, conocida como CID, inicio una investigación junto con agencias nacionales, del estado, y locales.”

La desaparición de Guillen’ sigue siendo una investigación, y los oficiales de CID no pudieron revelar detalles que pueden comprometer la investigación o una posible subsecuente prosecución.

“Nuestra investigación ha identificado dos sospechosos en conexión con la desaparición de la Especialista Guillen’,” dijo el Agente Especial Damon Phelps, agente superior de CID en Fort Hood. Estamos conscientes que ha habido declaraciones que hay otros, pero en este momento eso es incorrecto. Tenemos identificados dos sospechosos.”

Los sospechosos son una mujer civil, que ha sido arrestada en conexión con el caso, y Especialista Aaron David Robinson, un soldado de Fort Hood asignado a la unidad A del Escuadrón Regimental de Ingeniaría, 3er Regimiento de Caballería, que se suicidó temprano por la mañana este Miércoles.

“Cuando agentes de la ley intentaron hacer contacto con el sospechoso en Killeen, Texas, el Especialista Robinson, saco una arma y se quitó la vida,” dijo Phelps en una conferencia de prensa. “Robinson era un armero quien trabajaba en el edificio al lado del edificio donde trabajaba la Especialista Guillen’ él no estaba en la cadena de comando de la Especialista Guillen’ de ninguna manera.’
Phelps dijo que seguirán investigando cualquier altercado entre Guillen’ y el sospechoso, pero dijo que no hubo reportes de acoso sexual antes de la desaparición de Guillen’.

Aun a pesar de que no hubo queja formal, el 3er Regimiento de Caballería ha ordenado una investigación sobre las quejas de acoso sexual que se han dado a conocer desde que Guillen’ desapareció. Mientras tanto, Efflandt revelo que a luz de estas acusaciones, él le ha pedido que la oficina del Inspector General del Comando de las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos, le haga una inspección al programa para la prevención de acoso y abuso sexual de Fort Hood.

“Todas las acusaciones de acoso sexual están siendo investigadas en este caso,” dijo Efflandt, “como los son en cualquier otro caso.’
Phelps revelo que desde que se inició la investigación, agentes han hecho más de 300 entrevistas y han trabajado muy cerca con varias agencias acumulando más de 10,000 horas de investigación. Agencias de afuera incluyen el FBI, Departamento de Policía de Killeen, Departamento de policía de Belton, Texas Rangers, U.S. Marshalls, y el Departamento de Seguridad Publica, Texas Parks and Wildlife, entre otros.

Tambien dijo que los Texas Rangers siguen procesando la escena en el Rio Leon en Bell County, donde fueron descubiertos restos humanos el Martes. Como esa zona esta fuera del control de Fort Hood, los Rangers tienen control del lugar. Dijo Phelps. CID dará más información sobre los restos en cuanto puedan, y después que los parientes más cercanos sean informados.
Phelps y Efflandt le piden a la prensa y al público que no publiquen rumores o alegaciones que son falsas y que puedan dañar la investigación.

“Por favor entiendan que es un tiempo difícil para la Familia Guillne’ y para la familia militar aquí en Fort Hood,” dijo Efflandt. “Pido que se unan a mí en mantener a la Familia Guillen’ en sus pensamientos y oraciones.’

Personas con información sobre este caso pueden contactar a la División de Investigación Criminal del ejército al número 254-287-2722 o a la policía miliar al teléfono 254-288-1170. La información puede ser anónima y presentada usando https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html. El anonimizo será honorado para gente que lo desea hasta el extremo que lo permita la ley y la información será mantenida en confidencia según lo que permita la ley.


Opinión Satamente 

Gracias por estar aquí hoy. Los eventos en las últimas 72 horas has producido información significante permitiéndonos entender la desaparición de la Especialista Vanessa Guillen’ mejor. Hoy queremos compartir los mas que podamos con ustedes, nuestra comunidad de Fort Hood. Por favor entiendan que este es un tiempo difícil para la familia Guillen’ y les pido que se unan con migo y mantengan a la familia Guillen’ en sus pensamientos y oraciones.

Trágicamente el 22 de Abril, Vanessa Guillen’ desapareció de su lugar de trabajo en Fort Hood. Ese día su unidad, el 3er Regimiento de Caballería inicio la búsqueda por Vanessa y desde entonces se ha mantenido en comunicación con su familia. Al siguiente día de la desaparición de Vanessa, el 23 de Abril, La División de Investigación Criminal del ejército inicio su investigación junto con agencias de Estado, Nacionales y locales – y estos también se han mantenido en contacto con la familia de Vanessa. Desde un principio todos los involucrados en la búsqueda han trabajado sin descansar para encontrar a Vanessa. En los pasados tres días, la investigación nos ha llevado al descubrimiento de restos humanos en Belton, Texas, al arresto de una persona de la comunidad local, y al suicidio de un soldado en Killeen que estaba esperando ser arrestado. Los restos recientemente descubiertos no han sido identificados. Cuando tengamos los resultados de la prueba de ADN lo compartiremos. En espera de esa información, existe evidencia sobre este caso que nos ha ayudado a saber más sobre la desaparición de Vanessa.

Aquí con migo hoy para darles este informe está el Agente Especial Damon Phelps, El agente a cargo de le División De Investigación Criminal local. Asistiendo también están miembros de los U.S. Marshalls, el FBI, Texas Rangers, Texas Game Wardens, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, y también el sheriff local y el departamento de policía. Todos estos equipos trabajando en el caso ah echo un trabajo estelar y tienen mi sincera gratitud.

Nuestra conferencia de hoy está enfocada en la desaparición de la Especialista Guillen’. La investigación no está terminada y nuestros esfuerzos continúan. Las escenas del crimen donde fue secuestrada y donde encontraron restos humanos siguen siendo investigadas y se sigue buscando evidencia. Entrevistas también siguen pasando sobre el caso. Y una extensiva investigación sobre acoso sexual seguirá hasta completarse y esté lista para que el comandante la revise.

Una nota al lado, la investigación criminal ha determinado que el oficial no-comisionado, sargento, acusado de acosar sexualmente a la Especialista Guillen’ NO tuvo que ver con la desaparición de Vanessa. Acoso sexual va contra todos nuestros valores militares, y yo mismo eh pedido, y el comandante de nuestro alto comando, FORSCOM, ah dirigido al inspector general que:

1) Examine la implementación del programa para prevenir el acoso/abuso sexual en Fort Hood
2) Evaluase si el comando apoya Soldados que reportan acoso/abuso sexual y
3) Identificar cualquier problema sistemático con el programa para prevenir el de acoso/abuso sexual en Fort Hood, así como cualquier restricción en recursos.

Este reviso independiente nos proveerá transparencia para asegurarnos que implementemos y mantengamos las más altas normas del militar. Para el futuro, este equipo ejemplar de agencias, con toda la técnica y competencia profesional, seguirán persistiendo hasta que lo hechos relativos con el comportamiento criminal y mala conducta personal sean descubiertos. Actualmente, La División de Investigación Criminal, el 3er Regimiento de Caballería, y la Oficina de Asistencia para Victimas, seguirán informando y ayudando a la familia Guillen’. Cuando todas estas actividades concluyan podremos compartir más información.
En este momento el Agente Especial Phelps les dará información sobre la investigación criminal.


CID Satamente

Buenas tardes, soy el Agente Especial Damon Phelps con el Comando de Investigación Criminal del Ejército de los Estados Unidos y soy uno de los principales agentes especiales investigando la desaparición de SPC Vanessa Guillén.

Primero, permítanme decir que este ha sido, y sigue siendo un momento extremadamente difícil y doloroso para la familia y los amigos de SPC Guillén, y creo que hoy puedo hablar por todas las fuerzas del orden aquí que nuestros corazones están con la familia y nosotros estamos, y hemos estado, haciendo todo lo que está a nuestro alcance para traer a Vanessa a casa y a los responsables de su desaparición ante la justicia.

Al lado mio hoy, desde mi derecha están Robert Garmon, Supervisor Adjunto Mariscal, Servicio de mariscal estadounidense, Charles Kimble, jefe de el departamento de policía de Killeen, Ranger Travis Dendy, Texas Rangers, y Capitan Christy Vales, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Queremos agradecerles por toda su dedicación y experiencia en las fuerzas del orden que han compartido desde el primer día cuando abrimos nuestra investigación de CID el 23 de abril.

Quiero recordarles a todos los presentes hoy que todavía se trata de una investigación criminal activa y en curso, por lo que estaré limitado en cuanto a lo que puedo confirmar o entregarles hoy.

Como saben, SPC Vanessa Guillén desapareció el 22 de abril del 2020. La unidad de Guillén informó a CID de su desaparición el 23 de abril cuando una revisión de los cuarteles y el área de la unidad no la localize.

Fue vista por última vez esa mañana en el área cerca de el cuarto de armas del Escuadrón de Ingenieros Regionales, 3er Regimiento de Caballería, aquí en Fort Hood, Texas.

Las llaves de su auto, la llave de se cuarto, su tarjeta de identificación se encontraron más tarde en el cuarto de armas de su unidad.

Durante el curso de esta investigación, nuestros socios en las fuerzas del orden y los agentes del CID han llevado a cabo una enorme cantidad de actividades investigativas. Los agentes han realizado más de 300 entrevistas, más de 10,000 horas de investigación, y han estado trabajando muy de cerca con numerosas agencias desde que SPC Guillén desapareció por primera vez, incluyendo: el FBI, el Departamento de Policía de Killeen, el Departamento de Policía de Belton, los Texas Rangers, Servicio de mariscal estadounidense, el Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Texas y otros.

CID emitió comunicados de prensa y anuncios de recompensas al público con la asistencia de los medios el 25 y 27 de abril y el 15 de junio. Queremos agradecer sinceramente al público por su deseo de ayudar y la información que han proporcionado y continúan proporcionando a lo largo de esta investigación y pedimos a cualquier persona con información adicional a hacer lo correcto y contactarnos.

Hasta la fecha, nuestra investigación ha identificado a dos sospechosos en relación con la desaparición de SPC Guillén. Estamos conscientes que se han hecho declaraciones de que hay otros, pero en este momento, eso es incorrecto. Hemos identificado dos sospechosos.

Es muy preocupante e irresponsable que los nombres de otros soldados hayan sido colocados en las redes sociales e implicados en esta investigación cuando no hay absolutamente ninguna información creíble o evidencia de que esas personas tengan algo que ver con esta investigación.

De hecho, hemos entrevistado a personas en el curso de nuestra investigación, mientras buscamos pistas, que publicaron estas acusaciones falsas y nos admitieron que no tenían evidencia o información para publicar esas acusaciones y acusar falsamente a las personas.

Uno de los sospechosos es la esposa separada de un ex-soldado de Fort Hood, que actualmente está bajo custodia en la cárcel del condado de Bell a la espera de cargos por parte de las autoridades civiles. Debido a que es civil y está bajo la custodia de las autoridades locales, el CID no divulgará más información sobre su estado en este momento.

El segundo sospechoso es el especialista (E-4) Aaron David Robinson, un soldado de 20 años que fue asignado a la Compañía A, 3er Regimiento del Caballería en Fort Hood. Ingresó al ejército en octubre de 2017 y fue asignado como ingeniero de combate. Su hogar de registro figura como Calumet City, Illinois.

Como incluimos ayer en nuestro comunicado de prensa del CID, los agentes especiales del Comando de Investigación Criminal del Ejército de los Estados Unidos, junto con los U.S. Marshals, El Departamento de Policía de Killeen y la Fuerza de Tarea de Fugitivos de la Estrella Solitaria intentaban localizar al soldado después de que huyera de Fort Hood martes por la tarde. Mientras que las agencias de fuerza de orden intentaron ponerse en contacto con el sospechoso en Killeen, Texas, SPC Robinson presuntamente mostró un arma y se quitó la vida.

También han habido alegaciones generalizadas de que SPC Robinson era el supervisor de SPC Guillén. Eso es falso. Robinson era un armero que trabajaba en un edificio adyacente al edificio donde trabajaba SPC Guillen y no estaba de ninguna manera en la cadena de mando de SPC Guillen. Todavía estamos investigando sus interacciones, pero en este momento no tenemos información creíble o informes de que SPC Robinson acosó sexualmente a SPC Guillén.

Si alguien tiene información creíble para corroborar esas acusaciones, les recomendamos fuertemente que nos informen a nosotros o a su cadena de mando.

Además, como usted también sabe, los Texas Rangers, con la asistencia del CID y otras agencias, todavía están procesando la escena en el río León en el condado de Bell, Texas, donde se descubrieron restos humanos el martes.

Esa sigue siendo una escena activa y parte de una investigación criminal en curso. Debido a que eso no está en nuestra jurisdicción y no se ha hecho una identificación positiva de los restos, los Texas Rangers son la agencia líder en ese sitio, y les recomendaría cualquier pregunta sobre la escena.

Puedo decirles que nuestros agentes están trabajando muy de cerca con el médico forense de las Fuerzas Armadas para acelerar la identificación de los restos. Publicaremos información sobre esos restos tan pronto como podamos y después de que se hayan realizado las notificaciones de los familiares.

También queremos ser muy claros, no tenemos información creíble o informes de que Vanessa Guillén haya sido agredida sexualmente. No teníamos conocimiento de ningún informe oficial de acoso sexual por parte de SPC Guillén, o cualquier otro soldado por parte de ella, cuando ese asunto importante fue mencionado por primera vez por la familia Guillén.

Nosotros estábamos conscientes que al inicio de la desaparición de SPC Guillén la familia Guillén había hecho declaraciones a los medios de comunicación sobre acusaciones de acoso sexual, pero de nuevo, no teníamos más información en el momento para investigar ese reclamo.

Durante el curso de nuestra investigación sobre la desaparición de SPC Guillén, los agentes del CID descubrieron una declaración el 7 de mayo que podría considerarse un posible acoso sexual. Después de una investigación subsecuente, se descubrió otra acusación de acoso verbal que involucraba al mismo individuo. Sin embargo, las entrevistas subsecuentes no han podido corroborar esta acusación, sin embargo, todavía estamos investigando. Desafortunadamente, no produjo ninguna pista viable en cuanto a el paradero de SPC Guillén. Los agentes del CID están trabajando estrechamente con el investigador de Fort Hood asignado para investigar las acusaciones de acoso sexual en su unidad.

El especialista Robinson no estuvo involucrado en estas acusaciones.

Además, no hemos encontrado evidencia creíble de que un sargento entró cuando SPC Guillén estaba en un vestuario mientras se bañaba. Agradecemos a cualquier persona que nos la proporcione con evidencia o información creíble de inmediato.

Entendemos que tienen muchas preguntas hoy, pero nuevamente, esta es una investigación criminal en curso y activa y estamos limitados en lo que podemos decir. El Fiscal de los Estados Unidos nos ha pedido que limitemos la información provista para proteger la investigación y cualquier posible acción judicial.

Todavía queda mucho trabajo de investigación por hacer y le pedimos paciencia.

Como incluimos en nuestro comunicado de prensa ayer, obviamente hay piezas de información y evidencia que no se pueden compartir con el público durante una investigación criminal activa. Hacerlo puede poner en grave peligro la acusación y exitosa acción judicial contra las personas. Cuando se divulga prematuramente información importante de investigaciones, delincuentes pueden, y lo hacen, destruir pruebas, conspirar para cambiar sus historias, construir falsas coartadas, etc.

Si alguien tiene información adicional pertinente a esta investigación que continúa, le pedimos que se comunique con el CID de inmediato.

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood Child & Youth Services officials have closed the Walker School Age Care Center from July 2 to July 15 because of two confirmed COVID-19 positive cases of staff members within the facility.

The facility closure will allow for quarantine of staff and children identified as close contacts. Additionally, facility closure will aid in completion of required sanitation actions.

 

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Fort Hood Senior Commander, Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, III Corps deputy commanding general, will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. in the III Corps Headquarters, here, on the current status of the Spc. Vanessa Guillen investigation.

At the press conference, the senior commander will be joined by Fort Hood’s U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and representatives from law enforcement agencies who are assisting with the investigation.

Media interested in attending should register here by 10 a.m. July 2. On July 2, media should meet in the southside parking lot at 1 p.m. of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center for escort to the III Corps headquarters.

Due to time in service, Guillen was promoted to specialist effective July 1.

U.S. Army Forces Command
Directorate of Public Affairs, 4700 Knox Street, AFCS-PA, Fort Bragg, N.C. 28310

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — At the request of III Corps senior leaders at Fort Hood, Texas, U.S. Army Forces Command sent an Inspector General team to Fort Hood earlier this week to conduct an inspection of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program at III Corps and Fort Hood.

The seven-member inspection team is focusing June 30 – July 3 on three objectives:
(1) Examining the SHARP program’s implementation at Fort Hood;
(2) Assessing whether the command climate is supportive of Soldiers reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault; and
(3) Identifying any potentially systemic issues with the SHARP program at Fort Hood, as well as any resource constraints.

The inspection team will brief Fort Hood and Army Forces Command leaders upon completion of the inspection.

Forces Command is the Army major command within the United States that includes III Corps. Based at Fort Bragg, N.C., FORSCOM trains and prepares a combat ready, globally responsive Total Force to build and sustain readiness to meet Combatant Command global requirements.

United States Army
Criminal Investigation Command

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact:
(571) 305-4041

QUANTICO, VA (July 1, 2020) – One military suspect is deceased after taking his own life yesterday in Killeen, Texas, and a civilian suspect has been arrested by the Texas Rangers in connection with the disappearance of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen.

Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, along with the U.S. Marshals, Killeen Police Department, and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force were attempting to locate the junior Soldier from Fort Hood who fled the post late yesterday.   While law enforcement agencies, minus Army CID Special Agents, attempted to make contact with the suspect, the suspect reportedly displayed a weapon and took his own life.

The name of the Soldier will not be released at this time pending the notification of next of kin. The civilian suspect is the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood Soldier and is currently in custody in the Bell County Jail awaiting charges by civilian authorities.

Additionally, the Texas Rangers, with assistance from Army CID and other agencies, are still processing the scene at the Leon River in Bell County, Texas, where partial human remains were discovered yesterday. Coordination has been made with Armed Forces Medical Examiner Services, who will assist with dental x-rays/DNA for identification by the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science, Dallas, Texas. A positive identification of the remains is pending.

“We have made significant progress in this tragic situation and are doing everything possible to get to the truth and bring answers to the family of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen,” said Chris Grey, the spokesman for Army CID.

The 20-year-old Guillen was last seen on the morning of April 22 in the parking lot of her Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment on Fort Hood, Texas, and had not been heard from since that date.

The Army Criminal Investigation Command has been working closely with multiple law enforcement agencies throughout this investigation to include the FBI, Belton Police Department, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, the United States Marshals Service, the Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to CID officials, this is still an open and ongoing criminal investigation.

“There is still a lot of investigative work to be done and we ask for the public and media’s patience,” Grey said. “There are obviously pieces of information and evidence that cannot be shared with the public during an active criminal investigation. Doing so can seriously jeopardize the charging and successful prosecution of individuals. When important investigative information is prematurely released, criminals can and will destroy evidence, conspire to change their stories, build false alibis, etc.”

No further information will be released at this time.

Persons with information can contact Army CID Special Agents at (254) 287-2722 or the Military Police Desk at (254) 288-1170.  They can also anonymously submit information at https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.  People wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

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For more information about CID or to report a crime, visit www.cid.army.mil.